Police in Durban have confirmed that a security guard was, on Tuesday afternoon, shot dead by unidentified gunman at a mall in the coastal town on Tuesday morning. This was in a suspected cash in transit robbery at the Phoenix Plaza Shopping Centre. Police spokesman in Durban, Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident even though he did not provide further details into the saga.
Fourty four year old Hans Mabunda, who was employed by the Fidelity Security company, was collecting cash boxes from two stores at the mall when he was attacked by the undisclosed number of robbers. They proceeded to shoot him at point blank range and made away with the cash that he had been carrying. It is not yet clear how much cash the thieves took from Mabunda. By the time of going to press, no comment had yet been obtained from Fidelity Security. According to a spokesman for the paramedics who attended the scene of the crime, Mabunda was declared dead at the scene. “Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the man lying on the floor at the centre with life threatening injuries. Tragically he was declared dead at the scene due to the extensive injuries that he sustained,” said Chris Botha who is the spokesman for the Netcare 911, who were called to attend to the scene.
When members of the media arrived on the scene of the crime, there was no one from Centre Management to explain what transpired. However, the family of the deceased was at the scene trying to identify the body of Mabunda. They were understandably very distraught. “My brother was a good, church going person. We are shocked by what has happened to him. He was transferred to Durban from Polokwane a few years ago,” said Aaron, who is the brother of Hans. He said that his family was all in shock after what had happened to one of their own. No information could be established about whether Hans had been married and the number of children he had.